John Rutter is one of the foremost choir music composers of this or the last century. Sunday, January 28, the choir will perform his “For the Beauty of the Earth”, an anthem with words familiar to church goers and hymn singers since 1864. This new setting emphasizes the voices of sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses and combines them in harmonies beautiful and moving.
For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth, and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild
Lord of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of joyful praise!
As our theme of Justice continues we celebrate our blessings of beauty, love, and joy.